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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 2, 2012 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rosemary

Perhaps you're right that this aspect is underanalyzed or avoided.
Another way to see it is that the 'psychedelic' aspect of early Dead lyrics is limiting because it's so omnipresent - practically everything the Dead wrote in '67/68 can be taken as a 'trip' song. And were no doubt written as such.
Of course, this was a band dedicated to getting their audiences high in every way... But while Hunter probably intended many of his lyrics to be taken that way, to settle on that as the truest interpretation strikes me as a narrow approach, reading a song like cops looking for drug clues! I take the songs as being more like prisms, that cast different colors when you turn them different ways...

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Poster: vapors Date: Feb 2, 2012 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Rosemary

"I take the songs as being more like prisms, that cast different colors when you turn them different ways..."

Beautifully stated. and thanks once again for sharing your research and insights with us.